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Zbinden  Jf  Symphonie No 4  Orch8

Julien-François Zbinden
Symphonie N° 4 op. 82

for string orchestra

  • Duration: 26'
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Series: Swiss Composers Series
  • Composed: 1992

Reference: ORCH8d
Study score


  • Publisher: Editions Bim

Audio samples

I. Lento Misterioso
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Moderato Molto
IV. Prestissimo


Julien-François Zbinden

Julien-François Zbinden (1917-2021)

Julien-François Zbinden was born on November 11th, 1917 in Rolle (Vaud/Switzerland). After having studied piano, with secondary studies in voice and violin, he began in 1938 his musical career as a... Read more

About Symphonie N° 4

The 4th Symphony is divided into four movements.

I. Lento misterioso, Allegro
The first half of the work opens with an ostinato in the celli, in which an anxious, continually syncopated six-note motif develops toward a paroxysm of violence. The atmosphere then relaxes until a suspended chord expresses tenderness. The second half of the work is an interplay between the forces of a featured interval of a fourth and the energetic punctuation of bitonal chords, followed by a more expressive motif in the form of an ascending scale.

II. Lento
The music dramatically portrays moments of despair, calmness, sadness and resignation.

III. Moderato molto
Played entirely with mutes, this movement goes back and forth between crying and laughing, the evocation of distant memories of lost happiness.

IV. Prestissimo
Interrupted by an Andante recitativo e passionato, this movement shines with brilliance and élan.